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From Worst to First

It has finally sunk in. This team has proven it can succeed and has done so in a spectacular fashion. Last season their record was 69-93 and now they have bettered that ratio to 97-65. They fell a bit short of their Pythagorean winning percentage of 100-62 but still hold the best record in the American League. I don’t want to put down in stark black and white what I hope for from this team in the playoffs. I bought a locker room hat and hope to add more to my collection. Ryan Dempster lost his place in the rotation but found a new job as the lineup announcer. He should stick to repairing telephones. Jacoby Ellsbury contributed immediately with a leadoff homer in the first inning. His time out of the lineup hasn’t thrown off his timing and hopefully the break between this final game and the American League Division Series will enable rest and not engender rust. Allen Webster started in place of John Lackey when the Red Sox found themselves in the catbird seat with Oakland’s loss to the Mariners on Saturday. The rookie battled through a tough first frame where he walked three batters but escaped...

The Improbable Dream

Jake Peavy had a mishap pursuing Brett Gardner’s bunted ball in the third. He probably should have let Ryan Lavarnway try to field it, but Peavy is the kind of player that wants to contribute as much as possible. Because of this spirit John Farrell tends to leave Peavy in situations that usually would have him gesturing to the bullpen. Farrell stuck with Peavy in the seventh and didn’t call on a reliever until the starter had allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base. Perhaps Farrell was trying to rest his taxed bullpen. Junichi Tazawa had done so well in his set-up role and there were so many injuries that he was one of Farrell’s favorites. But last night he and Matt Thornton allowed all their inherited runners to score. Peavy was erased from the decision when the Yankees took the lead, 8-7. It was a comeback so detestable that even replaying Alex Rodriguez’s stumble on his fourth-inning double didn’t inspire a smile. Unlike Tazawa, David Robertson pitched a perfect frame in the eighth. Mariano Rivera was one out away from adding another treasured memory to Mariano Rivera’s retirement tour scrapbook in the ninth. He dispatched David...


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